Utah resorts celebrate season close with fun activities
Not very long after peak conditions arrive, ski season comes to a close.
Published: April 2, 2014 11:31AM
Updated: March 24, 2014 11:30AM
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Photo by Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune Bob Baldwin aka The Singing Cowboy rode his horse down into the pond. The 13th Annual spring pond-skimming event took place at The Canyons ski resort on Saturday. Park City 3/27/10

It took awhile, but the 2013-14 ski season reached epic status in late February and early March with some major snowfall totals.

And, just as ski season reached its peak conditions-wise, it is time to start talking about the end.

And what better way to end it than to ski across what snow becomes at the end of the season?

Canyons Resort is hosting its 7th annual Spring Grüv celebration featuring its ever-popular Pond Skimming contest Saturday.

Participants in the heavily adult-themed event dress in costumes and try to ski or snowboard across a 100-foot pond. Registration — due by noon Thursday — is $30 and includes a gondola ticket.

The skimming pond is the Red Pine Lodge at mid-mountain and spectators need a lift or gondola ticket to watch the event.

The pond and the excitement happen at mid-mountain just outside Red Pine Lodge. Must be 10 years of age or older to enter. Spectators will need a lift or gondola ticket to watch

Pond skimming is only one of the events Canyons is celebrating during its annual Spring Grüv festivities. Other activities include: Jibbin’ for Juniors, a free mini terrain park for “mini-shreds”; meet the avalanche dogs; free concerts and BBQs.

Most of Utah’s other 13 resorts are also holding end-of-season events.

Here are some of them.

Ski Utah is holding a spring skiing contest offering a pair of sunglasses to the best goggle-tan photos posted on Twitter and Instagram with #utahgoggletan.

Alta is offering half price on demo skis at the Alta Ski Shop April 12-20. If skiers buy the demos the rental fee will be applied to the purchase. An Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Brunch will be held April 20. On April 5, Brian Head is holding its King of the Mountain Giant Slalom race, in which contestants compete while carrying a mug of water. Registration is free. A free Cardboard Sled Race is being held April 12.

The Snowasis Family On-Snow celebration takes place from Saturday through March 31 at Park City Mountain Resort, with family-friendly activities held throughout the event. Park City Mountain Resort started a weekly après concert series this month and will hold an Easter egg hunt on April 20 (its closing date).

Snowbird is holding weekend concerts on the Plaza Deck and will make every effort to stay open daily through May 11 and then weekends through Memorial Day (May 26).

Wolf Mountain has already closed for the season and will open the 2014-15 season under a new name — Skyline Mountain Base.

brettp@sltrib.com

Until next year

Anticipated closing dates for Utah ski resorts. All depend on the weather:

Alta Ski Area • April 20 open April 25-27 and May 2-4 with two lifts open.

Beaver Mountain • TBD

Brian Head Resort • April 20

Brighton Resort • April 20

Canyons • April 13

Deer Valley Resort • April 13

Eagle Point • TBD

Park City Mountain Resort • April 20

Powder Mountain Resort • April 13

Snowbasin • April 20

Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort • May 26

Solitude Mountain Resort • April 20

Sundance • April 6

Wolf Mountain • Closed

Source: Ski Utah

See a video of the 2013 Pond Skimming Spring Grüv event at Canyons Resort

http://youtu.be/-aFvtcRfcyY